Monday, August 25, 2008

Sleep Early

Sleep early is easy to say, but very difficult to do. We have thousands of reasons to stay up late. And they all sound justifiable. In today's busy world, sleeping early is simply not possible.

In Chinese medicine, a day is divided into 12 time units. During each time unit a specific organ comes to its peak function. Around midnight is the time that liver comes to its peak function. What does liver do? It is the manufacturer of blood.

The Chinese medicine believes that if a person's total blood level is low, the person is in poor health. Unfortunately, there is no modern equipment that can measure the total quantity of our blood level. We can check the color of lip and finger nails as indicators. If the color is pail, it means the blood level is not good. When the blood level is low, you will feel tired, have no energy doing things, and you are vulnerable to many chronic ailments.

Best time to sleep is not later then 10:00-11:00 pm. Do the following before you go to bed.

5 minutes patting along arms, neck, shoulders, and legs
1 minute dry wash face
1 minute comb hair with fingers
10 minutes QiGong in bed

Give it a try and let me know if you start to feel better.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Energy Overdrawn and Stress

I never felt tired when I was 18. I always thought energy could never be used up. Not any more. As we march towards middle age and more mature ages, a balance of energy level becomes the most important issue for a quality life. Not money, not house, not a good job, but energy level of our health.

A large number of the general public are living a busy life style. From school kids to retirees, from executives to full time moms. Busy schedules are made even during weekends and vacation time. If we can deposit our energy to a bank, many of us might get warnings for insufficient energy in our account. We are facing a serious problem of energy overdrawn.

A typical symptom of energy overdrawn is over-stress. Many common illness are related to stress. Allergy, cold, aches and pains, back problems, sleeping problems, you name it. It can lead to degenerative illness or more serious life threatening problems. But don't get scared. There is hope.

Tai Chi is a powerful solution to regain energy. It reduces the stress and strengthens the body at the same time. Combine Tai Chi with QiGong and practice on a daily basis. Start your practice today.

Engergy and Immune System

When the energy is low at cellular level, we are vulnerable to all kinds of ailments. Cold, allergy, chronic fatigue syndrome, sleeping problems, cancer, to name just a few. All these health problems are related to impaired immune system. Tai Chi is to regain energy level and vitality through internal practice, hence boost up the immune system. Immune system is the defence of our health. We could have done something in our lifestyle that would hurt our immune system. It is never too late to understand our body and start to take care of it. Try the following package. You will start to feel better in a couple of weeks.

- Tai Chi every day
- QiGong 3 times a day
- BarleyLife® 1 or 2 times a day
- HerbleFiberblend® 1 time a day
- Sleep not later then 11:00 pm

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Soup for Dinner

Eating a big dinner and sleeping undigested can be a main source of building up toxins which lead to chronic illness. A simple solution is to manage what you eat in the evenings. Eat things easy to digest, best before 6:00-7:00 pm. Dr. Liu of Ming Dynasty (emperor's doctor) left a soup recipe which was a result of over 60 years of research study.

1 medium live carp (or other fresh water fish)
1/2 pound of lean beef (tendon is good)
1 pig foot (or pig ear)
50 grams of hawthorn fruit
10 Chinese red dates

Combine above in a deep pot, add water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 6 hours. Season lightly to taste. Add lemon, vinegar, or vegitable of your choice. Serve soup for dinner. Not to each the solid meat. It's nutritious, and it doesn't build up toxins in the digestive system. Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Start Your Day with Tai Chi and QiGong

A short form of Tai Chi is a great way to start your day. It doesn't have to be a complete form. Pick up a few movements you like and repeat them for 3-5 minutes. Make sure you breath through each movement you do. Combining QiGong with Tai Chi movements is essential to bring oxygen to all the cells of your body.

Have a good day!